When to install the nesting box?

gsim

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Jun 18, 2009
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Mine are 16 weeks and I just put some in. They climb around on them and occasionally poop in one or two. I put 2 on floor and 12 equal height to roosts, which are on opposite wall. Am going to put golf balls in several. I dont expect to see eggs before end of Nov. Since my boxes are only 12" X 12' I will have to have around 20 for the 24 birds I have. I doubt they would share a 12x12. Will end up with half on floor opposite roost wall, and half up at equal ht of roost. Suspect I need a walkboard to that bunch because I suspect chickens do not feel much like jumping up to a box when they are carrying an egg.
 

billmac

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Apr 10, 2009
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gsim: I doubt you need nearly that many. I think the rule is about 1 per 3 or 4 birds. I had 5 eggs in one 12"x12" nest yesterday.
 

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